Tag Archives: Mandarin Pronunciation

‘Beijinghua’: What’s With All the Random ‘R’s’ in Chinese?

So, speaking/using/studying Chinese you must’ve noted the constant (and seemingly random) intrusion of rough sounding r’s. If you’ve ever wandered why this is so, please read on. First of all, when I say Chinese, what I mean is a standard Chinese called Mandarin, which is a variant based on Beijing pronunciation. In Beijing, apparently, they Read More…

The Difference between Ai4 and Ei4

A student wrote me the following email: I am having trouble distinguishing between the sound of “ai” and “ei”. In your lessons, examples such as , “Ai” “Tai” “Duo Gei” and “Wei Shen Me” are all sounding to my ears very much the same as the sound I use in Australian English for “way” or Read More…

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